The Fells – Historic Estate and Gardens

The Fells – Historic Estate and Gardens

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“What is an American garden?” Many people try to answer this question, but here we will learn about gardens and landscapes in New England. One of the most striking examples is John Milton Hay and his family’s historic estate and garden The Fells, located on Lake Sunapee in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Hay is a well-known American diplomat and scholar who has served as Lincoln’s personal secretary, ambassador to the United Kingdom, secretary of Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of State William McKinley.


The Fells sits on approximately 1,000 acres of hills overlooking the scenic Lake Sunapee. Hay’s son Clarence inherited the land and, together with his wife Alice Appleton Hay, transformed the rocky lawn into a vast formal and informal garden. The series of formal gardens they created after traveling and visiting Italy and France showcase the best garden styles from the 1920s and 1930s.

Group travel

From mid-June to mid-August, from Wednesday to Sunday, guided tour of the historic garden at 11:00 every day. The entrance ticket includes a tour of the garden. The garden is open during normal hours throughout the year for guided tours and leisurely strolls.

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